P2E.4 An extreme event during a research flight in Hurricane Felix

Thursday, 1 May 2008
Palms ABCD (Wyndham Orlando Resort)
Sim Aberson, Hurricane Research Division, AOML, Miami, FL; and R. Rogers, E. Uhlhorn, and J. Gamache

On 02 September, NOAA 42 encountered extreme horizontal and vertical

winds in the eyewall of Hurricane Felix (+31 m/s and -11 m/s)

resulting in accelerations of approximately 4G upward and downward in a

short period of time. The aircraft also encountered abundant graupel

and lightning during the penetration at 700 hPa. As a result, the

aircraft returned to St. Croix after exiting the eye. The story of the

mission and data and movies obtained during the flight will be


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